Programme information

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, and it is not possible to predict what the situation will be in September 2021. For this reason we have devised a programme that is very flexible in its delivery. In the best case, COVID-19 will be under control by the time the new academic year starts, and we will deliver our content in person, at our institute in Maastricht. In case COVID-19 continues to be a problem and restricts travel, our courses have been re-designed so they can be delivered either completely at a distance or in a mixture of face-to-face and distance teaching. So the programme will start in late August, in person if possible, at a distance if necessary.

Our PhD programme provides advanced training in the knowledge and skills relevant not only to basic research in a variety of fields linked to economics, technology and governance, but also to policy analysis including policy design, policy monitoring and policy evaluation. PhD fellows follow individualised plans that outline the requirements for completion of the programme. These plans take into account their research interests and their educational and professional backgrounds. They are agreed upon with the programme committee at the start of the course and with the supervisory team in subsequent years of the programme.

Training programme
During the first year, fellows follow a basic compulsory training programme conducted by members of our faculty. The courses are spread across two semesters and taught in Maastricht. The first semester consists of a programme of compulsory courses taken by all fellows. The second semester, offers elective courses which permit students to focus their courses more specifically. Course offering vary from year to year, depending on students’ interests but always permit advanced instruction in the economics of innovation, social protection or migration. Other courses (for example intellectual property rights, scientometrics, survey design, political economy, entrepreneurship, evolutionary economics theory) are also available, depending on teacher availability and student interest. both leading to a PhD at Maastricht University. Fellows select their individual course programmes based on background knowledge, need and interest.